By Richard E. Byrd

While Admiral Richard E. Byrd set out on his moment Antarctic day trip in 1934, he used to be already a global hero for having piloted the 1st flights over the North and South Poles. His plan for this most up-to-date experience used to be to spend six months on my own close to the ground of the realm, collecting climate info and indulging his wish “to flavor peace and quiet lengthy sufficient to grasp how strong they honestly are.” yet early on issues went extraordinarily improper. remoted within the pervasive polar evening with out desire of liberate until eventually spring, Byrd begun pain inexplicable signs of psychological and actual disorder. by the point he came upon that carbon monoxide from a faulty stovepipe was once poisoning him, Byrd was once already engaged in a enormous fight to avoid wasting his existence and safeguard his sanity.

When by myself used to be first released in 1938, it turned a big bestseller. This version retains alive Byrd’s unforgettable narrative for brand spanking new generations of readers.

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This obligation has been earnestly met by most expeditions. The results, nevertheless, have been meager; for Antarctica has been under scientific investigation for less than half a century; and, so far as weather data are concerned, the bulk of the knowledge is represented by the work of perhaps a dozen well-found expeditions. For a continent having an estimated area of 4,500,000 square miles, this is not much of a showing. Or so it seemed to me. In the course of my first Antarctic expedition, I was struck by the thought that the most valuable source of meteorological data was still left untouched.

Shearwater Books is a trademark of The Center for Resource Economics. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888–1957. Alone Reprint. Originally published: New York: G. P. Putman’s Sons, 1938. 1. Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888–1957. 2. Byrd Antarctic Expedition. 3. Solitude. 4. Antarctic regions–Discovery and exploration. I. Title. 8’904 84-10775 9781597268912 British Cataloging-in-Publication Data available Printed on recycled, acid-free paper Manufactured in the United states of America 1098765432 TO M.

The men would be jammed together at arm’s length in a tiny shack buried in the snow. Wind and cold would keep them from ever leaving it for more than a few hours a day. Change in the sense that we know it, without which life is scarcely tolerable, would be nonexistent. The party would be dedicated to an iron routine. The day would be the repeated pattern of the hour; the week, the repeated pattern of the day; and one would scarcely be distinguishable from the other, even as an interval in time.

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